Friday Form A Circle – Midsummer Dragon Ritual

May 2, 2008 at 1:51 pm (Circle, Dragon, Friday, Midsummer, Ritual)

Needs:
Brown candle
Blue candle
Orange candle
Teal/sea green candle
2 white candles
Dragonsblood
Sandalwood

Place altar facing north with dragon/Goddess statue in center, a white candle to each side. To the east place a bell and dragon’s blood & sandalwood incense, to the west a chalice of wine, dish of salt, and small dish of water. With sword or staff cast the circle, saying

“Circle of Power and Protective energy, return all negativity to the sender times three”

three times.

I consecrate and bless this wine in the name of the Earth

With salt and water I consecrate and bless this bell in the name of the Earth Mother

Light the dragonsblood and sandalwood

Priestess: “Oh Blessed Mother, creatress of all, giver of lives, crone of Water, ageless and wise this sacred circle is consecrated to thee. In your sacred name and under your protection is this sabbat rite begun.”

Priest: Ring the bell three times and invoke: “Sacred dragon-spirit of the air, fire creature, beautiful & fair child of Earth Mother, I now call forth thy divine image.”

Return the bell to the stone altar.

Priest & Priestess: With both hands, raise the chalice of wine to your lips. Drink some of the wine Then pour the rest over the earth as a libation to the Goddess, as you say:”This blessed wine we do pour as an offering to thee O gracious Goddess of love, fertility and life.”

East: I call upon the dragons of Earth to guard our circle and bless us with your element, fertility, adaptability, strength and stability. Join us in our celebration of your season of blossoming and growth.

South: I call upon the dragons of Fire to guard our circle and bless us with your element, the warmth of love, and protect us with the fire that would burn those who seek to do us harm or wish us ill. Join us in our celebration.

West: I call upon the dragons of Water to guard our circle and bless us with your element, the water that feeds the earth and us, allows us to grow and flourish, cools us when we’re hot, and quenches our thirst. Join us in our celebration.

North: I call upon the dragons of Air to guard our circle and bless us with your element, the air that living things breathe, the breeze that cools us, the food of the fire that warms us. Join us in our celebration.

Spirit: I call upon the dragons of Spirit to guard our circle and bless us with your uniting of the elements, your thirst for knowledge, understanding, bring us unity, harmony and freedom to seek what we need. Join us in our celebration.

Priestess: Litha, Summer Solstice, or Midsummer is the longest day of the year and celebrates the Sun at the height of his power. It includes the elements of Fire and Water for the sacred marriage of the God and Goddess and to acknowledge the need for the Sun and the rain to help the crops grow. In Wales & Britain, this was a time of Cerridwen and her magical cauldron. However, it was said in a great many places that this was a powerful time for faeries, elves & other supernatural beings. Midsummer Eve has long been associated with faeries and magic. On this night you’re supposed to be able to see faeries, as the veil between the worlds is thinned. In ancient times, our ancestors went out to gather their Mugwort on Midsummer Eve. Today, we believe that all the little people are abroad in great numbers during this balance of Light & Dark. If you are on good terms with them, it’s said that standing within a faery ring will help you see them. It’s an excellent time of the year to become friends with faeries and other such beings. June & the Summer Solstice was also considered the time of the Green Man and the Faery Queen in Northern Europe, in particular.

In the Mediterranean areas this was the time of Pan & the Forest Goddess. Pan with his pipes, enticed Nymphs & maidens to rendezvous with him in the green woods for love & pleasure. Midsummer is halfway around the wheel of the year from Yule, so while we celebrate the day when the sun is at it’s strongest, we also have to note that from here on, the sun will start to lose some of it’s power as the light slowly begins to wane.

Priest: Taking up leafy branch “We love the warmth of the summer sun. We love it’s light and radiant heat. But just as important to the Earth is the gift of rain to fill our reservoirs, rain to water plants & crops, rain to cool us.” Dip the leafy branch into the water & sprinkle it like raindrops on the fire saying “Not too hot, not too dry, may the summer rains keep the earth green. Not too wet, not too moist, may the summer sun keep the earth on an even keel.”

Pass branch to each in turn, who will dip in water and say while sprinkling on fire, “Not too hot, not too dry, may the summer rains keep the Earth green. Not too moist, not too wet, may the summer sun keep the earth on an even keel.”

Priest & Priestess; “Together the people stand joined at the heart and hand. As the sun burns, and the word turns, and the summer blesses the land. Let out love for one another, let our joy in life, let our love for all the earth bless us and the land forever. So mote it be.”

All: So Mote it Be

Priest & Priestess: “Summer has come again! We celebrate the sunshine, the long hot days to swim & play! Lord & lady, watch over your children and keep us safe during these busy Summer months!”

Spirit: Thank You Spirit dragons for your protection and blessings go or stay as you please, our rite is done, and you are welcome here.

North: Thank You Air dragons for your protection and blessings go or stay as you please, our rite is done, and you are welcome here.

West: Thank You Water dragons for your protection and blessings go or stay as you please, our rite is done, and you are welcome here.

South: Thank You Fire dragons for your protection and blessings go or stay as you please, our rite is done, and you are welcome here.

East: Thank You Earth dragons for your protection and blessings go or stay as you please, our rite is done, and you are welcome here.

Priest and Priestess: The circle is open but never broken, the celebration is now begun ! ! ! ! !

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